Laughing At You, Not With You: New York Comedy Festival Kicks Off Today

Elizabeth Thompson
The New York Comedy Festival kicks off today, and with 30 acts to choose from, PAPERMAG makes things easy for you with five assuredly funny shows that we guarantee will make your stomach hurt. 

Tonight: Stand Up for Heroes
NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams hosts "Stand Up for Heroes," a benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation -- which provides services that help war veterans reintegrate into society --  featuring stand up from Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Lisa Lampanelli and a musical performance from some guy named Bruce Springsteen.
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., (212) 840-2824. 8 p.m. $100-$500.

Thursday, 11/5: Mike Birbiglia
On his blog,"Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal," Mike Birbiglia promises readers that any disappointment felt by attendees at his Town Hall show tonight, likely has "to do with factors in their own lives and not this great show I've assembled." There are also promises of a surprise musical performance by the comedian's favorite band. Check your life's factors at the door --  we think it'll be a worth while night.
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., (212) 840-2824. 8 p.m. $30-$35.

Friday, 11/6: Tracy Morgan
Will his shirt stay on? Will someone get pregnant? How much time will his set devote to talking about anal sex? Anything goes tonight when Tracy Morgan performs "Tracy Morgan's Hard Knock Life" in the venerated halls of Carnegie Hall tonight, a show he recently promised via Twitter to go "raw dog on."
Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave., (212) 247-7808. 8 p.m. $32.50-$59.50.

Saturday, 11/7: Patton Oswalt
If you haven't heard his hilarious take-down of the artery-clogging monstrosity the KFC Famous Bowl -- which he called "a failure pile in a sadness bowl" -- keep your fingers crossed that Patton Oswalt, whose recent performance as a Giants-obsessed football fanattic in Big Fan has  been winning him tons of praise, does his routine tonight at Town Hall.
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., (212) 840-2824. 8 p.m. $35. 

Sunday: 11/7: Andy Samberg And Friends
He's on a boat, loving your mother, wishing the ground a happy birthday, giving his girlfriend questionable boxed gifts, and yet, somehow, Andy Samberg has found the time to work in a stand-up set tonight at Town Hall. Hopefully "friends" include his digital-short co-creators Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, and, dare we say Justin Timberlake?
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., (212) 840-2824. 8 p.m. $50-$60.

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